Two weeks essentially changed the summer for Anthony Torres and perhaps the scope of his recruitment.
Torres, a rising junior tight end from Mishawaka, Ind., first camped at Ohio State. He left with an invite to return next month. Then he scored a spot at Irish Invasion and a chance to work out for Notre Dame’s coaches against some of their top targets.
“It’s definitely surprised me,” Torres said. “Nobody knew who I was then I went to Ohio State camp and had a good showing. To get invited to Irish Invasion, that’s just a dream.”
Camp at Notre Dame carried a little extra weight with Torres, who attends Penn High School in nearby Mishawaka. He’s the younger brother of Austin Torres, a current member of the Irish basketball team.
Their mother, Brenda, played soccer at Notre Dame in the early 1990s. Their grandfather also attended the University.
Needless to say, the Torres family was excited for Anthony to receive an invitation to camp. Standing out at Ohio State the previous week likely helped get Torres on the radar a little more.
“That was awesome,” Torres said. “I was really surprised, honestly. That’s a pretty big deal to get invited to Irish Invasion. Just the fact that they took their time out to invite me shows that I do have good potential.”
During camp itself, Torres took reps alongside current Irish commitment Cole Kmet. He also took instruction from tight ends coach Scott Booker and tried to apply it when the one-on-one portion started.
Otherwise, Torres tried to keep his approach simple.
“Just do my best,” he said. “I know when I do my best, I’m sure other people will notice. My goal is just to go out and do my best and play how I play. Obviously, I’m competitive and I can be a good leader also. Make a difference on the field through catching the ball or blocking, whatever it is I need to do.”
Torres took the lessons learned back on the road this week. He camped with Michigan and will do the same at Michigan State for a couple days.
Eventually, Torres hopes his performances will turn into scholarship offers. Right now the 6-foot-4, 215-pound prospect isn’t sure from where the first will come.
“I would hope so,” Torres said. “But with bigger schools looking at me like that, I feel like the smaller schools are shying away because I’ve gotten attention from schools like Ohio State and Notre Dame. That’s maybe a little frustrating because it’d be nice to get offers from schools like that. I’m obviously gonna take offers from anywhere because I’m keeping my options open.”